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Biomolecular Engineering: Research Specialist, Evolutionary Genomics (Open until filled. Apply by 4/19/19)

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 20th, 2019

Last review date: Friday, Apr 19, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Biomolecular Engineering ( at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of Research Specialist. Under the direction of Dr. Russ Corbett-Detig (, the Research Specialist will develop molecular protocols, produce next-generation sequencing libraries, utilize basic computational methods (e.g. Unix and python scripting), and will also make scholarly contributions to the research program through the preparation of scientific manuscripts and/or meeting presentations. Other responsibilities may also include the development and application of Illumina short-read sequencing technologies. The candidate will be expected to learn new techniques and implement protocols, demonstrate strong attention to detail, display strong written and verbal communication skills, exercise good time management and problem-solving skills, and work effectively in a team environment.

Junior Specialist – Associate Specialist, determined by qualifications and experience (See rank qualifications)

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in molecular biology, bioinformatics or related field at the time of application and at least two years of experience in laboratory-based molecular biology research

As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.

The initial appointment will be full time for six months with the possibility of extension. Should the hiring unit propose reappointment a review to assess performance will be conducted. Extension or reappointment is also contingent upon availability of funding.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00696-19T in all correspondence.


  1. Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position (required)
  2. CV (required)

RECRUITMENT PERIOD Full consideration will be given to applications completed by April 19, 2019. Applications received after this date will be considered if the position has not been filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

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If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the Academic Personnel Office at (831) 459-4300.

Job location

Santa Cruz, California


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.